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date: 24 August 2019

Godfrey familylocked

  • E.D. Mackerness


English family of bandmasters and conductors.

(b Kingston-upon-Thames, Nov 22, 1790; d London, Dec 12, 1863). He was originally a drummer in the 1st Royal Surrey Militia, and was posted to the Coldstream Guards, where he played the bassoon in the band and became bandmaster in 1825. Although discharged from military duties in 1834, he maintained his connection with the regiment as a civilian. He was appointed musician-in-ordinary to the king in 1831, and edited one of the earliest military band publications, Jullien’s Military Journal (1847).

(b London, Sept 4, 1831; d Beeston, Notts., June 30, 1903). Son of (1) Charles Godfrey (i). He trained as a flautist at the RAM and played under his father. He was bandmaster of the Grenadier Guards from 1856 to 1896. In 1872 he took the guards’ band to the International Peace Festival at Boston, Massachusetts, sharing the conducting with P.S. Gilmore. In ...

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